Sun, Feb 07, 2010
Occupants Safely Escape Despite Blizzard Conditions
Hangars at IAD and Manassas Regional Airport (HEF) have
collapsed under the weight of several feet of snow on
Saturday. No fatalities have been reported for either
incident, although several aircraft were damaged.
The first reported incident was a the Dulles Jet Center near
IAD. The Fairfax County Fire-Rescue cave-in team was called
extract five people from a partially-collapsed hanger. After
the people were evacuated, the remainder of the hangar succumbed to
the snow. Several private jets were in the hangar at the
DC buried in snow. Credit: Flickr/rr0cketqueen
The roof of a 24,000-square-foot hangar at HEF that collapsed
later in the day was owned by Dulles Aviation, Inc,. No
aircraft or people were reported in the building at the time.
Fire officials reported to InsideNOVA of VA that the cave-in did
cause a significant gas leak and has been condemned.
The hangars are among several buildings in the Northeast that
have suffered structural failures during the blizzard.
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